In these darker months, the flicker of candlelight is a soothing comfort, and a proper scent can conjure feelings of warmth and light in unconscious ways. The wrong scent can make you feel like you have been shoved inside a musty box of Christmas decorations. It’s important, therefore, to give with care when it comes to candles, especially if someone might be sensitive to scents. A bad candle is really a low-grade form of chemical fire, and as a gift it is akin to arson, when you get right down to it.
Never fear: For those who want to bring a little light into someone’s life, Marigold & Mint is here. The boutique florist and produce purveyor of Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market has recently launched its own line of soy candles, handmade here in Seattle and infused with sumptuous blends of natural oils, including carnation and lavender, cedar and smoke, and—naturally—marigold and mint.
The first batch was just released a week ago and the larger sizes sold like hotcakes, but small pillars are still available at Marigold and Mint’s Capitol Hill location and The London Plane in Pioneer Square.
To purchase: Marigold and Mint (1531 Melrose Ave) and The London Plane (300 Occidental Ave). 3oz candle, $18. 9oz candle, $40.
See more of our 2014 holiday gift recommendations in our Gift Guide.